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Why do sword owners tap them with a fluffy ball on a stick?

This “fluffy ball” is a standard part of any sword care kit (see the red ball in the picture below). It contains some sort of powder ‒ I believe chalk ‒ that is used gather and bind any fluids on the ...
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Why do anime girls have huge chests?

Because some people like women with big breasts. As usual, anime exaggerates; it can't just have a woman with big breasts, it has to have a woman with ridiculously gigantic breasts. This isn't purely ...
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Do Japanese Student councils have actual power (punishing students, revoking clubs, etc)?

TL;DR: No, real-life student councils do not have absolute powers and aren't as powerful as depicted in anime or manga. Long answer Japanese school life tends to be much more hierarchical and ...
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Why do ninjas usually replace their own body with a block of wood?

In-universe, no reason is given apart from the fact that every time I can recall this happening they were near trees and thus a chunk of wood was convenient. The actual source is never addressed, and ...
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What are the squinting faces (>_<, >o<, >△<, etc.) called?

In the media/anime-verse, they do not have any specific name for themselves. The eyes themselves form a part of the Wingding Eyes: For animated characters, the eyes are the windows to the soul—...
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What is this type of hairstyle?

This is a sub-trope of Anime Hair, which is known as the Hair Intakes A sub-trope of Anime Hair, this hairstyle resembles the hood scoops on a muscle car and also looks a bit like cat ears, allowing ...
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Why does school bullying keep showing up in manga?

Bullying is a persistent problem in Japan. It has its own term called "ijime". The Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) has been tracking reported ...
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What do people mean when they say "Notice me, senpai"?

This is a meme in the English-speaking internet anime community. This particular phrasing appears to have come into existence around December 2013 (according to Google Trends), though variants are ...
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What does the "S" stand for in s-rank or s-class?

There's really no mention about what it stands, as far as I can recall. In fact, S-rank is not only used in One Punch Man. Reading around some articles, it seems like most of them attribute the S-rank ...
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Why do cross-dressing characters like Hideri Kanzaki usually have high voices?

The whole point of the "trap" archetype is to trick people (both the audience watching the show, and the characters in the show itself) into thinking the character is female when they aren't. If they ...
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Why are fangs of girls so common in anime?

They're called Yaeba. Wikipedia says: In Japan, yaeba (八重歯, "double tooth") are human teeth, especially upper canines, with an uncommonly fang-like appearance. Yaeba most often refers to a ...
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Why do many characters tend to have crazy hair colors and styles?

Question #1: Why do many characters tend to have crazy hair colors? What is the cultural origin of such a style? The origin of this practice is the primarily black and white medium of manga. Manga ...
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What are the squinting faces (>_<, >o<, >△<, etc.) called?

I don't know of a particular name for >_<, but if we take a look at the emoticon Unicode block we can see the following emoticons with > and < for eyes: 😆 U+1F606 SMILING FACE ...
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Why is Kaguya depicted with a flower growing out of her head when in her moron/fool form?

There is a Japanese term 脳内お花畑 (nōnai o-hanabatake) which translates literally to "garden in the brain". It's meant to indicate someone who is "off in their own world" or spacing ...
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Why are there red strings around the MCs' body parts in some anime?

This is based on a common East Asian belief known as the "Red Thread of Fate", or "Red String of Fate". It is said that soulmates are bound together by an invisible red string, ...
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Was running into people with toast in your mouth already a cliche by Evangelion's time (1995-96)?

Yes. It has been around for a long time...long before Evangelion. It's hard to track down any real info, but I ran across a reddit page that pointed me in the right direction. As it stands, it looks ...
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What are these type of eyes called (see red hair girl on the left in image)?

"Hanmoku" (半目, half[-closed] eyes) is drawn the same way or similarly to "jitome" (ジト目, staring eyes), but is not identical in intent. "Jitome" is a facial expression where the person expresses ...
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Why do anime characters stand on telephone poles all the time?

The reason the characters stand on poles mostly have to do with the scene being either dramatic or to make the scene look "cool". This trope is known as "I Have the High Ground": Supernatural, ...
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Why Is Britannia often depicted as an almighty power?

Based on your comments you seem to be drawing too much of a distinction between the words Britannia and Britain, as in fact both mean the same thing. Britannia is just the Latin (and ancient Greek) ...
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Why aren't most of the phones in anime smartphones?

Of the shows you cite, Haganai was animated in 2011; Black Rock Shooter was animated in 2012; and Oregairu was animated in 2013. The source material for each is even older (albeit kind of irrelevant ...
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Are joke episodes common in anime?

It depends on the series. For series who have a guided plot and who have a specific direction they're going in, like Bleach or Naruto, having a comedic episode appear once in a while serves as filler,...
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Who is the first Oppai Loli ever featured in anime and manga?

Note: this answer uses the term "loli" as defined by Japanese anime fans: it's either age-related or appearance-related (AniOta), or to the extension of either childlike face, short height, no waist, ...
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What are those weird three-line blushy things on some anime/manga characters cheeks?

This is what is implied to be a blush or flushed cheeks. Its meaning outside Japanese media may be a bit skewed depending on the source. A blush is a still called a blush in Japanese. Rarely are ...
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Why do characters in anime/manga eat their lunches in restrooms?

This is meme-ish thing in Japan. Most of Japanese otaku community member was socially divided by their classmates (because what you call Jocks don't like this kind of culture and tends to despise ...
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Are threads as weapons real?

Depends on the results you're looking for (slicing vs choking). Realistically there is no current application of any material (carbon nanotubes composites included) thin enough and with enough tensile ...
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What is the origin of mushrooms growing on a sad person's head?

In Japanese, a gloomy/depressed person can be referred to as being "damp" (じめじめ, jimejime). What grows in dark (i.e. gloomy) and damp places? Mushrooms, of course. The expression from Haruhi there ...
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What are the squinting faces (>_<, >o<, >△<, etc.) called?

I think it would be more correct to call >_< wincing or bracing, based on our real world expressions: Wince make a slight involuntary grimace or shrinking movement of the body out of pain or ...
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What is with kimono that makes Japanese guys to fall for the girls in many anime?

It's a similar trope to one you see in Western media, where the normally un-feminine (or dorky, or nerdy, or otherwise not stereotypically attractive) female character dresses up for some kind of ...
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What is the technical term for the "consecutive, discrete zoom-in shots" and what is its origin?

These are consecutive axial cuts. Axial cuts are used rarely in contemporary cinema, but were fairly common in the cinema of the 1910s and 1920s.
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